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URPP Human Reproduction Reloaded | H2R

Edmée Ballif

Edmée Ballif, Dr.

  • Postdoc

Dr. Edmée Ballif is an adjunct researcher in the URPP Human Reproduction Reloaded │ H2R  at the University of Zurich.

Edmée is a social scientist specialising in reproduction, parenting, food and gender. She has a special interest in the social construction of « good » reproductive subjects. Her doctoral project looked at pregnancy care while her postdoctoral projects moved to the field of child nutritional advice to understand how social structures are reproduced through reproductive practices. She specialises in qualitative methods and inductive research designs. In 2022-2023, she is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Social Research Institute, University College London with an SNSF Postdoc.Mobility grant.

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  • PhD in social sciences, University of Lausanne, Switzerland (2017)
  • MA in the Sciences of Religions, University of Lausanne, Switzerland (2010)

Work and Research experience (selection)

  • Postdoctoral research fellow, Social Research Institute, University College London, UK (since 2022)
  • Postdoctoral research fellow and visiting scholar, Reproductive Sociology Research Group, University of Cambridge, UK (2020-2022)
  • SNSF Senior researcher, NRP76 research project “Victim narratives, ‘memory work’ and the remaking of Swiss national identity”, with Prof. Véronique Mottier, University of Lausanne, Switzerland (2019-2022)
  • Senior research fellow, HESAV School of Health Sciences, HES-SO, Lausanne, Switzerland (2018-2020)
  • Visiting scholar, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA (2013-2014)
  • Teaching assistant, Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lausanne, Switzerland (2010-2013, 2015-2017)